2011 Seahawks WR Analysis
The last time the Seahawks had a receiver with pro bowl experience was two seasons ago when they signed TJ Houshmandzadeh (2007 Pr0 Bowl). We all know how that ended.
Sidney is still a young player (25) who should have several solid years of football left in him whereas TJ was 31 and his good years were behind him.
Rice is 6’4″ with long arms and has a large catch radius which is important especially when you have a QB who struggles with accuracy at times. He has the ability to stretch the field and open it up for others.
The big concern with Rice is his health. In his first four seasons he has played in 16 games only once. If this guy can stay on the field he will make some exciting plays and give the Seahawks a legitimate play maker and number one receiver.
Adding Rice makes life a lot easier for Mike Williams because teams will no longer be able to cheat coverage to his side. Mike is another tall receiver (6’5″) who can go up and get the ball using his strong hands to hold on.
He is a big bodied receiver who uses his size to shield defenders from that ball and once he makes the catch it is very difficult for a corner to bring him down in the open field. Williams is not the most emotionally stable player in the NFL and is in his second year back after basically eating his way out of the league.
Having Sidney as the teams number one takes a lot of pressure off Mike because now Rice will be the one getting most of the media attention and Williams will be able to sit back and put up number similar to what we saw from him last year with a whole lot less exposure.
Ben Obomanu and Golden Tate are the Seahawks 3rd and 4th receivers and both will see plenty of playing time. These are the guys who are going to be asked to go over the middle and keep the chains moving.
Golden has all the talent to be a factor in this league but he needs to decide that is what he wants to focus on. He has always been the most athletic guy on the field and was able to win because of it but that doesn’t work in the NFL.
In his second season I expect him to finally understand that he needs to put his nose to the grind stone and we will see much better things from him this season.
Editors Note: He scored a Week 1 TD. When it’s all said and done we may see Doug Baldwin emerge as this years Seahawks breakout performer. Keep your eye on him.